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Kiwi SUV sales better cars

Sportage was top-selling passenger vehicle in NZ for April - Kia's first time at the top of the charts.

We're now buying more SUVs than cars, and utes dominate the top-10 new car sales.

A Volvo out of its comfort zone

R-Design package is one thing, but blue paint, 22in alloys and drop-down air suspension give XC90 aggressive look.

What happens when you go wild with options to try and create a sporty Volvo XC90?

VW powers up new Amarok

Volkswagen has injected a dash of muscle into the Amarok ute.

New ute set to be the only V6 diesel in its class.

Jaguar SUV races roads well travelled video

It's a Jaguar, not a Land Rover: F-Pace is heavily biased towards sporty on-road driving.

We put Jaguar's top handling claims for its first-ever SUV to the test in Europe ahead of its NZ launch.

Kiwis queue for hybrid SUV

XC90 might be a big bus, but it feels nimble on its wheel.

Kiwis pre-purchasing the world's first hybrid seven seat SUV without a test drive in a bid to secure a vehicle.

Holden's new Colorado revealed

It's wearing a bowtie but the badge will change to Holden later this year when this vehicle arrives in New Zealand as ...

More American style for popular workhorse.

VW sketches updated Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok sketches.

Volkswagen doesn't want to be left stranded in the dust-up going on in the dual-cab ute segment.

Meet NZ's most 'brutal' ute video

Rugged adventure-addenda like spotlights and a Warn winch are standard on Kiwi Brute.

It really makes no sense at all for NZ but you've got to love it anyway.

Middle Hilux is good at everything

Middle model - the Toyota Hilus SR Extra Cab ute.

It's not the best Hilux, but it is far from being the worst and that's what makes the SR ute rather appealing.

Ride for Life Flight

Ulysses Club of New Zealand Marlborough Branch member Kelvin Watson on his motorized tricycle.

 "We want to share it around and make sure we support the community."

Mazda has BT-50 ute options

Mazda current BT-50 ute.

Japanese brand claims it has more alternatives to co-develop next dual-cab ute

A baby SUV that's quite old

ASX still looks good, although 'jet fighter' face is out of step with Mitsubishi's newest models.

The ASX pioneered the baby SUV genre in New Zealand. But it's time for a refresh, says David Linklater.

Toyota's booted ute toughie

The Fortuner is the sixth vehicle to join Toyota lineup of SUVs, which ranges from the RAV4 up to the Land Cruiser 200.

Here's a vehicle that won't stand any nonsense - it's the Fortuner, a ute-based addition to Toyota's SUV lineup.

Audi's big A8 goes XXL

Audi's A8 L extended.

It's called A8 but it might have been better named ''6" with 6 seats, 6 doors, 6 cylinders and over 6m long.

Largest Lex gets a Sheik-down

The Lexus LX is a bit more than a Toyota Land Cruiser in ornate costume. But that's the gist of it...

Lexus LX SUV range gets a diesel option, not to mention the other fruits of a comprehensive upgrade.

It's a struggle being a high-end SUV

BMW X6 in the dirt: Raoul would never believe this.

Damien O'Carroll argues we all need to look past our stereotyped opinions of various cars and drivers.

Hilux look can be deceiving

The Toyota Hilux SR5 PreRunner - one of a fleet of rear-driven versions of the new ute.

It looks like a 4WD but this Hilux ute is all for those who only need the look and 2WD.

Special Jags to cost Kiwis $165,000

Jaguar F-Pace "First Edition".

New Zealand has been allocated a handful of special "First Edition" Jaguar F-Pace SUVs.

Kia adds some cayenne-spice

Flagship Sportage GT-Line looks pretty sporty, but it's biased more towards comfort and refinement.

It's probably too much to expect the new Sportage to be as sporty as it looks.

Dream car was dying mum's wish video

Tony Heuvel with his old school Chevy, with all the modern bells and whistles like a reversing camera, GPS, air con, ...

A Matamata man now owns his dream car thanks to advice from his late mother.

Let's go to the hop

Iron Sands Rod & Custom members watch the Saturday parade -  from left, 16-year-old Maki Fujimoto, Christine Slack, ...

Cassic cars and hot rods overtook the streets of Whangamata in the annual Beach Hop on Saturday.

Is this the world's fastest ute?

Nissan GT-R specialists Severn Valley Motorsports have unveiled their vision for the ultimate ute.

Nissan specialists build GT-R powered Navara.

Newest Maserati 'will appeal to women'

Maserati's luxury Levante SUV.

Upcoming Levante SUV to be a hit with female buyers and younger buyers alike, says Maserati's global chief executive.

Mercedes-AMG pumps us SUV range

Mercedes-Benz GLC 43 gives a taste of forthcoming full-blooded AMG 63 version.

SUV developments planned by Mercedes-Benz include an AMG version of the GLC and even a super-luxury Maybach GLS.

Merc GL meets a new badge

New face definitely slims down seven-seat GLS. But only metaphorically.

The GL-class has become the GLS, an SUV that's fully loaded in every way.

Big performance gap in headlights

The LED headlights in the top trim level Toyota Prius V were the only ones of 31 models tested to get a ''good'' rating ...

There may be a reason why people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it's not their eyesight.

Revised RAV4 fronts up

No status anxiety: 2WD Limited looks exactly the same as more expensive AWD versions.

Toyota has combined the entry-level powertrain with top-tier comfort and technology in the new RAV4.

Mercedes-Benz goes for gold

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d parked near the historic site of Victoria's Monster Meeting.

The GLC is participating in a new-age gold rush - to win customers in the popular SUV segment of the new vehicle market.

Range Rover expects copycats

Has Range Rover's Evoque convertible kicked off a drop-top soft-roader trend?

The Evoque Convertible may be the first luxury SUV to lose its roof - but it won't be the last.

Mazda's only turbo model?

Mazda revealed the new CX-9 large SUV at the 2015 Los Angeles motor show.

Japanese brand dismisses turbo technology for anything other than its flagship SUV.

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